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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-12-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1971-12-02

Topics Live concert

Bertha, Playin' In The Band, Mr. Charlie, Sugaree, Beat It On Down The Line, Black Peter, Next Time You See Me, Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali Blues, Smokestack Lightning, Big Railroad Blues, Casey Jones, One More Saturday Night Sugar Magnolia, Deal, El Paso, Brokedown Palace, Uncle John's Band, Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Love Light-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD> MR> R> DAT> CDR


SBD> MR> R> DAT> CDR; see info file for flaw notes; via Mike Lai, with thanks to Paul Bottiglio


Reviewer: Wilsget - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2017
Subject: First show !!!
My first show ! I was 15 and my older cousin 'dosed' me with some orange sunshine [another first] . It began a nearly 50 year love affair with the Dead. Still on the bus !
Reviewer: JamsOnly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 6, 2016
Subject: Solid
Highlights: Banter, Smokestack Lightning
Reviewer: tanman82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2015
Subject: pigpen organ
He's barely audible. Except for Poor Peter but still not loud enough in the mix. While he was no organ virtuoso he added nice textures and fills especially dirgelike on Peter. Thats why I always liked a lot of the 2 channel reels from Europe 72 where Pig is in the mix. This going back 35 years to the analog age when tapes were relatively hard to come by. Now with ALL the multi track from Euro 72 available I like the ones again with the organ and Keith. The textures in Truckin, other one, organ 'phases' in tenn jed, he's gone etc
Reviewer: mandolinn71 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2015
Subject: One of my first shows
One of my first shows. Awesome. Unique rockin' Big RR Blues, especially the third solo. Had a bootleg many years ago (40+) off of WBCN which gives their station call at the beginning of Black Peter.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2014
Subject: -
This is awesome & I'm not even partial to '71 shows normally!
Reviewer: thekind78 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2013
Subject: Great El Paso
Great rollicking version.
Reviewer: el_futurist - - May 7, 2012
Subject: Not Mick Jagger.
Naw, that isn't Mick Jagger doing the intro; close guess, however. It's GD tour manager Sam Cutler who you may recognize from the Stones '69 tour film, Gimme Shetler. Cutler has written an amazing book detailing his jump from working for the Stones to working with the Dead.
Reviewer: peasant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2011
Subject: Europe 72 overrated?
I do not disagree with those who assert the merits of the fall 71 tour. It is a favorite of mine as well. But Euro 72 is not overrated. If anything, this fall 71 tour with Keith in the fold stands on nearly equal footing with Euro 72. The band had certainly hit a stride and kept it up throughout the Euro tour.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: Fall of '71
Is there anything as good as a fall of '71 show? Well, besides a '68, '69 or '70 show? I think not. Europe '72 is overrated, and if you want to hear the "new" music (Straw, Tennessee, Brown, Ramble, plus Garcia, Ace & Skull and Roses), fall of '71 is when you'll hear the best versions.

Fall of 1971? Five stars. Pigpen's present? Six stars! That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Reviewer: SOUNDsupport - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2009
Subject: One minor point...
The channels are swapped, L for R. Most noticable at intro to Not Fade Away when Billy hits the floor tom which comes up in the R channel - it should be L. If you listen to the show, it is a global channel swap and not a panning problem. As example Jerry's guitar is coming-up in R chennel, but he was on stage R (left channel for us) in this era. It is fine the way it is, but distracting if you spent years in front of the band back then... :-). Many audio editors can remedy this - GoldWave ( has a great "Channel Exchange" function.

This is a great show, and of personal significance for me - it is the only time I have ever been ripped-off by a "deadhead". In 1972, I was gifted a pristine copy of this show on R-to-R recorded off WGBH, Boston, by a great friend at a vinyl store in Syracuse (on Marshall Street). It was THE tape for every party we had on 4th Floor Lehman Hall (long since razed... :-( ). The last night of the Spring session, everyone was packed ready to roll, but the stereos were the last to get stuffed into the cars. We had a raging party going which moved from our room, down the hall to "Skip's" - some thief I have never since seen - in the wee hours. They took the tape to finish the night - I always lent it freely. I hit the sack at 5am with many miles to drive the next day. Next morning, "no-one" had the tape - fingers pointing everywhere and Skip had already "skipped" town. Drag...

Thanks to IA I once again have it. Thanks for everythign you do for us!!
Reviewer: blang16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2009
Subject: Pigpen is back yo!
This show sounds great. The boys were clearly ready for a Pigpen show. Four songs including a great "Smokestack".

They just sound on. I'm lovin' it.
Reviewer: jglynn1.2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2008
Subject: Must listen
I've not the time for any sort of indepth review, but I can say that if you give this show a listen you will probably be hooked and have to listen till the end. I really got hooked with the Funky Mr. Charlie and always love the Phil in US Blues . . .

Only wish there were an AUD of this baby.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 2, 2008
Subject: 711202
38 years ago...

great sound
great show
BTW this is the only way I can find my shows on of the many problemas w/ this site...


I dont know either...
Bill's mighty shinny symbols are cool -- so is Jerr'd side-talk
So is this show

Boo yah -- 71
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2008
Subject: 4 Pigpen songs in one night...I am downloading this for sure.
I am listening to these tracks as I download them, and this show is HOT!!!. It's live, and there are some minor issues like hum and feedback at the begining, but the band stays focused and delivers a show that is in the pocket, and the sound guys get their act together and the whole team brings into focus a truely Memorable performance by the Greatest Rock-n-Roll Band in the world.

I've heard worse on IA, this is not bad at all. Phil's sound is rich and fat on TJ. And the whole show has a nice sound to it.

The Mix is sweet, and the band members can hear each other and it sounds like it. I love the DEAD when they were Pigpens back-up Band.

Mister Charlie is especially funky this show, and 3 more songs by Pigpen: Next Time You See Me, Smokestack Lightning, and Turn On Your Love Light, will make this show one to remember.

Billy is super-funky on Love Light, he sounds like he's been giving lessons to Clyde Stubblefield, (that's one of James Brown's drummers from the 60's)(if you don't know who James Brown is, never mind) Man, Billy is smokin' on Love light, a one man show. One of the BEST T.O.Y.L.L. ever...Billy is really amazing this show. He plays his A$$ off.

I highly recommend this show to everyone that loves a goodtime. Eat, Drink, Be Merry and listen to THE GRATEFUL DEAD.

Turn On Your Love Light was so good I am going back to listen to it again now that I have finished downloading the whole show...that is how good it is. WOW!

Thanks for the love.
Reviewer: Solverde - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2006
Subject: Great sound, Keith nice addition!!!
The sound is excellent here for a 71, and I loved the addition of Keith on piano. Really fills up the 71 sound which I always thought was too guitary. Also nice to hear Bob's guitar way up in the mix, especially on songs like Bertha and Casey Jones, where it really makes an impact!
Reviewer: stealthhippy5 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 3, 2006
Subject: you must find this show...........
i know this show's not available here for downloading anymore, so find it on absolutely incredible show, smokes all the way through, incredible jams,vocals, and sound..and the intro sounds like Mick Jagger..?????the best brokedown palace ever...just find it, get it, and love it..i'll consider this one of the best dead shows i've ever heard..IMHO...:)..WOW!!!!!
Reviewer: CatFanInTheBathtub - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2005
Subject: Yep
Are you kidding me?? This is worth getting for the Smokestack alone. I mean hell, how many crispy Pig Lightnins' are out there anyway.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2005
Subject: Very Good
There is a mint Felt Forum which I have heard which is better than this + there are as someone else noted some tech issues... Miss the English guy that does the intros... Wonderful UJB, spectacular Lovelight++ this is when this gets really going...
Reviewer: stuguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2005
Subject: Great Show
I agree with the prior post. The sound is good and it really is an enjoyable show. A few minor glitches here or there which prevent it from achieving 5 stars, but otherwise highly recommended. Definitely worth a lossless download.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2004
Subject: mint
this is a better recording i think, than anything from the felt forum run a few mights later......the guitar is a little higher in the mix {good} and the kick drum pedal doesn't have the little mechanical problems [that the mic picked up} on the recording......i like......and these smokestacks in the 10 to 15 minute range could be a concert in themselves!!! pig was fresh!!! fresh like a daisy!!! but he was "out of town" mr.charlie is pretty rough {and i am being nice} with some blown changes....sugaree begins with bass drum low end rumble that doesn't seem to get fixed right away........still kick ass!!
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